Hooks Cuts from Southern Hills

By Rich LernerAugust 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • If Tiger wins two majors each of the next three years, its possible he could break Jacks record at, fittingly, the home of golf, St. Andrews, in 2010.
  • 200 sportswriters and broadcasters from around the world agree on two things: Tigers the best and the Twix Ice Cream bar is ridiculously good.
  • Woody Austin was impressive on the course and entertaining in the press center. But saying he outplayed Tiger on Friday? Austin compared his 70 to Tiger's 63, saying, 'Does that mean he played better than me or he's better than me? I don't agree with that.' Uh, yeah, Woody, that's exactly what it means.
  • Comic/caddie/broadcaster Michael Collins quipped that he sweated in Tulsa like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee.
  • Add Tigers right cross after the bomb at eight to the montage of memorable Tiger video clips that includes the finger point at Valhalla and the uppercut after the Masters chip-in at 16.
  • Tiger wins majors so many times on Friday and Saturday.
  • I said Saturday night with Tiger leading by three that he might lose the lead'when Tulsa freezes over. Late on the backside I was nervously looking for a parka and a beanie.
  • Ernie appears closer to winning a major than at any time in the past four years. It is critical that he gets it done so hed at least matches Raymond Floyd with four and elevates his stature historically. Threes no small feat, but one more erases, to some degree, the notion that Ernie was a guy who never could really beat Tiger.
  • Tigers the best coach in sports; better than Phil Jackson or Bill Belichick. Why? He formulates and executes game plans brilliantly. He knows when to push, when to pull back, how to improvise, when to go deep and especially how to dig deep.
  • Good for Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan in being selected by captain Jack Nicklaus for the U.S. Presidents Cup team. And good for Paul Azinger. The U.S. Ryder Cup captain may need the services of Glover and/or Mahan in 2008, and it will be of benefit to all for them to have some team experience.
  • Good for Gary Player picking Mike Weir, as well. With no one really standing out between Nos. 11-25 on the International list, Player made the sensible choice. His squad will now have a clear home-turf advantage, which might not have been the case had no Canadians been competing at Royal Montreal.
  • I still believe Tiger will someday win the single season slam. Next year offers a chance beginning with Augusta National and Torrey Pines, where hes won five times.
  • I told Tiger that we know him as the best golfer in the world, and then asked how hed like daughter, Sam, to brag to her friends about her father when shes old enough. Competitive to the core, he joked that first of all shell never beat him in any games! He then turned serious and explained that hed like her to say that her dads always there for her, just as his parents were there for him.
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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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    Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

    The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

    An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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    Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

    Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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    Reportedly fake TIME covers

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    Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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    Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

    Pros comment on the president

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm